Gain industry recognised qualifications and get experience working on major events.
This course teaches you how to become a professional international events manager in a modern business environment. A core strength of the course is that you develop the professional attributes of future event managers. By studying events theory, policy and practice, alongside gaining real-world experience, you learn what it takes to plan and manage memorable and successful events.
The international events industry includes private, public and voluntary organisations and spans a range of types of events including • conferences and meetings • exhibitions and trade fairs • incentive travel and performance improvement • corporate hospitality and corporate events • outdoor events • festivals and cultural events • music events • sporting events.
How you learn
You learn by taking part in seminars and workshops, by attending lectures and by completing projects. Field trips, site visits and work with organisations help to bring your learning to life with practical examples.
From year one, you have access to work experience opportunities across various event sectors. In year two, your employability skills are embedded through our Applied Event Operations module where you undertake work experience guided by personal tutors.
In the final year, you create and run your own live fundraising event for a charity. Past students have delivered networking events, fashion shows, gala dinners and music festivals.
Work placements in the UK and overseas
After year two, you have the opportunity to apply the skills you’ve gained by taking a one-year paid work placement. This is a great way to improve your industry knowledge with real insight and experience. It also enables you to build an eye-catching CV to impress future employers, and many students find jobs with their placement companies after graduating.
Due to our strong relationships with regional, national and international employers, we can help you to secure a great placement opportunity and support you while you are there. There are no tuition fees for the placement year and salaries of up to £22,000 have been achieved. If you study abroad, or do your work placement, in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.
We support students to constantly build their employability skills. Through the course you have the opportunity to gain your BIIAB Level 2 Award for Personal License Holders and to work towards your Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) accredited Event Safety Management Certificate to further enhance your CV.
Our links with industry mean that you can also hear from a wide range of guest speakers. Previous guest speakers have included Martin Green – London 2012 organising committee LOCOG, Tour De France Grand Depart • Simon Graveling – Athens 2004, London 2012 and Sochi 2014 • David Jamilly – Theme Traders • Jon Hughes – KPMG.
An expert teaching team
Our lecturers have significant practical experience within events management and will help guide you towards valuable industry work experience. Members of the team have worked and managed businesses in areas including • licensing and safety at major outdoor festivals • weddings • business events and conferencing • brand promotion and marketing • research • film premieres • recreation and leisure • charity fundraising • association and public sector events.
The team also leads the Event Management Hub, a professional national community of events practitioners through which we conduct research and consultancy for industry. This unique venture allows us to feed our research into the teaching we deliver to you.
Links with events associations
We have strong links with key events associations such as Eventia. As a founder member of the Association of Event Management Educators (AEME), we have been involved in establishing academic benchmarks in events education.
The event safety management vocational qualification, which forms part of the leisure and risk module, is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.
2017 entry requirements
We expect you to demonstrate, through your personal statement, an interest in and awareness of events management or closely related disciplines or some level of practical experience.
Normally, five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above including English language and mathematics, plus one of the following
• 112 UCAS Points, including at least 64 points from two A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications We accept AS levels and general studies
• 96 UCAS Points from three A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications . We accept general studies.
New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.
• Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 Level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.
We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.
International and European entry qualifications
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.
Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time
Typical modules may include
|Year one core modules||
• marketing communications • the international events industry • principles of event management • academic and professional skills
|Year one options||
• the Eventscape • foreign language
|Year two core modules||
• the international business environment • people and organisations in context • applied event operations • event law and risk management
|Year two options||
• sustainable event production • food and beverages for events • managing charity fundraising events • managing weddings and celebration events • managing festivals and outdoor events • foreign language
• optional work placement
|Final year core modules||
• strategic management for events • the live event experience • the international events manager • strategic event creation • research project
|Final year options||
• mega, major and international events • events and technological innovation • foreign language (available as an additional module)
You can take advantage of the growing demand for graduates to event manage • conferences and meetings • music events • outdoor events • exhibitions and trade fairs • corporate hospitality and corporate events • festivals and cultural events • sporting events.
Recent graduates are working for • Live Nation • Bobby Brown Makeup • Banks Sadler • Conference Centres of Excellence • Mars • Q Hotels • Savvy Marketing • Science Museum, London • Donnington Park Racing Ltd • Leeds Weetwood Hotel • Cascade Promotions • Thornbury Castle Hotel • Capita • The Weather Channel • Vodafone UK• Medilink Yorkshire and Humber • Irwin Mitchell.
Many organisations use events as marketing and for communication internally and with external businesses and customers including • telecommunications • TV and media • sporting and leisure • trade associations • financial institutions • pharmaceutical companies • fashion and beauty houses • city councils • music venues • hotels and conference centres • charities • law firms • car and motorcycle manufacturers • retail.
Home / EU student
We do not charge course fees during a placement year.
Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)
For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.
We do not charge course fees during a placement year.
2016/17 academic year
Typically £12,500 a year
2017/18 academic year
Typically £12,750 a year
Additional course costs
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